In Partnership with Lafayette General Health & Opportunity Machine

We invite you to be part of this live, virtual event. An interactive forum & pitch competition that will bring together some of the best and brightest minds from around the country. The event will feature the country’s hottest business ideas in the medical industry, and you can be a part of it! Pitch your business or attend the event as a guest - below you will find information on both ways to get involved.




What We're Looking For


We're searching for companies and individuals in the healthcare space who are ready to share their innovative approach to solving challenges in today's digital healthcare environment.


If you're a founder or co-founder of a healthcare startup and you're looking for access to smart partnerships and capital, this could be the opportunity that will drive your business to the next level.


Get Started by submitting your proposal today!


  • Date: Oct. 29th, 2020
  • The event start time is 6:00 pm with a panel discussion focused on the future of the health industry.
  • Pitch competition starts at 6:30 pm.
  • This virtual event is FREE to attend, but you must register for access. 

Submit Your Idea

Submissions Are Closed - Finalists Listed Below

Register to Attend

Early-bird Registration coming soon.

Special Panel Discussion - Featuring:



Cian Robinson

Executive Vice President of Innovation

McLeod Health


Cian Robinson is the EVP of Innovation for McLeod Health. Prior to taking on this role, Cian served in multiple roles throughout the Lafayette General Health System. Starting in August of 2014 as Lafayette General Foundation’s (LGF) Director of Development and Operations he was then promoted in November of 2014 to the position of Executive Director of the Foundation. In 2018, he transitioned to the position of Executive Director of Innovation, Research and Real Estate Investments for Lafayette General Health System. In addition to his work at LGF, Cian is also an adjunct instructor at the B. I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.



Joe Spell


Tides Medical


Joe Spell is a serial entrepreneur who founded one of the largest independent spinal implant distributorships in the Gulf Coast region, as well as three other successful niche medical device companies. Mr. Spell was co-founder of LumTech Solutions, a hospital sterilization company that was sold in 2011 to Sanitas Inc. His biotechnology companies have introduced a number of emerging technologies to the Gulf Coast region, as well as to the Department of Veterans Affairs. He co-founded Tides Medical in 2009. Mr. Spell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.



Ben Swig

Healthcare Innovation & Strategy Sr. Advisor

Company: Acadian Companies


Benjamin Swig is a Healthcare Innovation and Strategy Senior Advisor at Acadian Companies, and co-founder of Ready Responders, a mobile urgent care provider bringing healthcare into the home. Benjamin has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare, population health and public health. He was the former Acting Director of Training for the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and has served in multiple public service roles. Benjamin obtained his Masters in Public Health and Business Administration from Tulane University and continues as a guest lecturer and mentor to Tulane Students and early stage startups.

Moderator & Judges



Ken Kraft

Sr. Vice President

Marketing & Sales Operations

Cox Communications/Cox Business


Ken Kraft is senior vice president – marketing and sales operations for Cox Business, the $2B division of Cox Communications focused on serving the telecommunication needs of business customers. In this role, he is responsible for the overall marketing and sales operations strategy, as well as the tactical execution of marketing and sales plans to drive revenue growth and customer retention. A 30-year industry veteran, prior to joining Cox in 2012, Kraft served as executive director marketing at AT&T Business Services. Prior, Kraft held several senior leadership roles at BellSouth Corporation and began his telecom career at Sprint Corporation.


Since joining Cox Business in 2012, major accomplishments include creating marketing demand that has driven 50,000+ new SMB customer relationships for each of the past 7 years, delivering $150m+ in incremental revenue through strategic pricing and product re-architecture initiatives, and establishing and solidifying the Cox Business brand nationwide. His leadership in the industry was recognized in 2016 with a TAMI Award for Leadership in Business Services across the MSO community.




Trivia Frazier-Wiltz PHD MBA
President and CEO 
Obatala Sciences Inc. 

Dr. Trivia Frazier-Wiltz is a native of New Orleans and an experienced Adult Stem Cell Researcher and Biotech Business Professional with 15+ years of experience in basic science research, and management. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Biomedical Engineering, an MBA with a concentration in Finance,


Dr. Frazier-Wiltz is accustomed to breaking barriers and setting precedent. In 2008 she became the first African American student to successfully complete the 3–2 dual degree program between Dillard and Tulane Universities, while graduating with magna cum laude honors in Physics and completing a master’s level honor’s thesis in Biomedical Engineering. She previously held tenure-track faculty appointments at Delgado and Dillard Universities, and helped to pilot the first bachelor’s concentration in Medical Physics while serving as the Physics Program Chair at Dillard. She is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Obatala Sciences, Inc, a biotechnology firm focused on promoting diversity in research and representation of multiple demographics, including underrepresented groups in more appropriate human tissue models for improved drug development.



Lawrence Simon, MD
Regional Medical Director 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana


Dr. Larry Simon is a Regional Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA), a Rotarian, and an animal rescuer. He is an alumnus of Louisiana State University, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and Rady Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship in San Diego, CA. Dr. Simon is the Medical.


Director for both the Medical Coding Unit and Medicare Advantage at BCBSLA, where he also helps with numerous Community Outreach, Quality, and Cost Containment initiatives. He currently represents the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association on the AMA CPT Editorial Panel, serving on the Executive Committee of the Panel. He also serves on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Payment Integrity Task Force and assists the Medical Policy Panel with analysis of Otolaryngology medical policies and coding education in general.



Aimee Quirk


Aimee Quirk is the CEO of innovationOchsner (iO), an innovation company founded by Ochsner Health in 2015 to reimagine and revolutionize the delivery and experience of healthcare and health, with a focus on digital health, advanced analytics and personalized medicine. iO has developed several award-winning programs, including Ochsner Digital Medicine, Connected MOM and Optimal Hospital. It has also developed several innovative partnerships and launched new tools including multiple AI predictive models for clinical and operations applications and population genomics.


Aimee joined iO in 2015 with more than 15 years of experience in law, economic development and public affairs. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor for Economic Development for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu from 2010 to 2014.  Prior to her public service, she was a partner at Jones Walker, where she practiced corporate and business litigation.






Bryan Arkwright

Vice President of Innovation
SCP Health


Bryan Arkwright is the Vice President of Innovation for SCP Health, as well as Adjunct Faculty with the Wake Forest University School of Law where he teaches two courses on Telehealth and Digital Health, and serves on the Editorial Board for the peer reviewed digital journal, Telehealth and Medicine Today.


He is an experienced Startup-up Advisor for early stage healthcare companies and was a Telehealth Coach and Advisor for Google Helpouts. Bryan has seen success as a Telehealth Grant Writer and Project Lead with over $3,000,000 in awards since 2013 and consistently leads large and complex projects at the enterprise/corporate level.



Josh Sommer

Vice President of New Growth
Cox Communications


Joshua Sommer is the Vice President of New Growth for Cox Communications. He leads strategy, business incubation, and investments: The New Growth division pursues innovative and disruptive business concepts and technology to spur new revenue streams. He is a passionate intrapreneur that disrupts the status quo. Sommer believes in innovation and the advancements it can bring to humanity. In his rapidly shifting career path,


Sommer has worked across the entire high-tech ecosystem: components, products, provider, and professional services companies. Sommer entered telecommunications with Qualcomm and Kyocera, where he focused on product strategy for companies such as Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, and Vodafone. Throughout his career, he has launched more than 200 consumer products. He joined Cox Communications in 2008 as part of the team preparing to launch a nationwide wireless service.

Following his first stint at Cox, Sommer joined Accenture to assist with a joint venture between Comcast and Verizon Wireless to develop innovative converged solutions. This became the foundation for the evolved Xfinity suite of products.
Sommer returned to Cox Communications in 2015 to lead strategic products and partnerships and helped formulate the Comcast relationship that leveraged the company’s additional product development resources for faster development cycles and more compelling experiences for Cox customers.



Meet The Finalists


Indianapolis, IN

Brightlamp is solving the $17B brain injury and recovery problem with its B2B SaaS 5-second eye testing platform, Reflex, made for iPhones and iPads. Our team, with nearly 50 years combined experience in medical sales and development has raised$750,000 to date and is growing at a 20%average monthly growth rate.


Solana Beach, CA

MedCrypt brings cybersecurity features to medical devices—from pacemakers to surgical robots—in a few lines of code. The FDA expectation to “bake in” security into connected devices, means the best solution is one that proactively secures devices. Build secure devices quickly and reliably with MedCrypt.



Metairie, LA

DOCPACE is the ultimate pre-op and  pre-appt management solution for healthcare professionals. The DOCPACE product helps medical staff streamline the process – increasing case & appointment volume, improving patient satisfaction, boosting efficiency, and decreasing cancellations. DOCUPACE is revolutionizing the pre-appt and pre-op journey for patients through communication.


M&S Biotics
Houston, TX

M&S Biotics developed an autonomous IoT solution to detect, track, count, and locate surgical items within the operating room in real-time. This effectively automates the surgical counting process while providing downstream analytics regarding instrument utilization.

DynamiCare Health
Boston, MA

The DynamiCare digital care program reinforces a person’s recovery from addiction by offering easy to use technology, including random breath and saliva tests confirmed by selfie video, verified treatment attendance check-ins, supportive recovery coaching, and rewards for healthy progress with money deposited on a smart debit card that blocks cash withdrawals and spending at bars and liquor stores.

OR Link
Lexington, KY

OR Link is a workflow management system to optimize communication for surgery. The modern cloud-based web app and companion iPad  reduces material/financial waste while improving efficiency, patient safety & education of surgical staff.





You can enter the Contest by visiting the official registration page at (the “Website”) and completing all of the required information and following all posted instructions. The contest is open only to legal residents of United States who: (1) are at least 18 years of age; (2) are the owner, principal, or general manager of a business, that is physically located within the United States. Candidates interested in pitching their idea can apply online from August 31,2020 until 11:59 p.m. CST Sunday, October 2,2020 at BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT (1) YOUR MATERIALS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL AND NO CONFIDENTIAL OR FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP IS INTENDED OR CREATED BY ENTERING THE CONTEST; AND (2) THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY POSSESS OR COME TO POSSESS INFORMATION THAT IS SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL TO YOUR MATERIALS, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY USE SUCH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL INFORMATION WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMPENSATION, OR CREDIT TO YOU. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes subject to Complete Official Rules. To obtain a copy of the winner’s list or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Cox Business Get Started Medical: Network. Learn. Pitch Contest” Winners/Rules, Shana Keith, Cox Communications, Inc., 6205-B Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328. Sponsor: Cox Communications, Inc., d/b/a Cox Business, 6205-B Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328. Click Here to See Full Rules